Laval downtown to get $25 million makeover to its billion-dollar business district

City to turn nascent Claude Gagné business & entertainment district into pedestrian mall.

“Downtown Laval’s development is no longer a dream,” Mayor Marc Demers said in announcing that the city will call for tenders to give Île Jésus a true urban core.

The city plans to authorize the $25 million municipal expenditure for the first phase of the overhaul, during its executive committee meeting, Sept 14.

Laval, Quebec’s fastest-growing city, is becoming a metropolis in its own right and has long aimed to develop its own city centre in the orbit of its new, $200 million sports-and-entertainment complex Place Bell, due for completiong next year as well as adjacent Espaces Montmorency ($450 million) and Urbania ($250 million) work- and living-spaces astride the Montmorency Metro station.

Transport Quebec has given the green light to rebuild the Highway 15 exit ramp south of Concorde.

The civic improvements will see a new intersection built at Lucien Paiement. Claude Gagné will be narrowed to permit construction of a pedestrian mall capable of staging outdoor concerts and cultural event. The city also intends to extend the bike path on the south side of Concorde and reconfigure the Concorde-Le Corbusier intersection to add trees and sidewalks.

The project will also entail large-scale tree-planting and reduce the city’s asphalt footprint at Highway 15’s Claude Gagné exit ramp.

The city expects work to commence next spring and completed by fall 2017, in time for the début of the new Laval Rockets professional hockey team’s first season here.

The tenders also call for work that will help to attenuate the significant traffic disruption anticipated next summer in Laval’s nascent billion-dollar business district.

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